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Wesley Rose

December 10, 1974 OH155 65 min.


Music publishing executive. Born February 11, 1918. Died April 26, 1990. Full name: Wesley Herman Rose. Son of songwriter and publisher Fred Rose. In 1945 he was appointed general manager of Acuff-Rose Publications and in 1954 he became president of the organization. Promoted many notable careers, including those of Hank Williams, the Everly Brothers, and Roy Orbison. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.

Interview Summary

1974 December 10
(1 hour, 5 minutes)
Music industry executive Wesley Rose discusses his role as a publisher in the country music industry. Discussion includes his earliest memories of his father, Fred Rose; an overview of Fred Rose’s early career; his relationship with his father; changes in the publishing business; the enduring popularity of standard songs; changes in the cultural environment; Roy Acuff’s role in the start of Acuff-Rose; changes in the music industry; promoting a song; and comments on music as entertainment.

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